Meet the Staff

The LEAD San Diego staff is dedicated to providing robust leadership curriculum and continuing educational opportunities. With numerous program offerings available, we work to ensure that program participants remain involved, presenting opportunities to discuss issues, network and encourage colleagues to become involved.

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Vicky Carlson

President and CEO

When it comes to understanding the leadership needs of the San Diego region, no one is better equipped than Vicky Carlson.

The President and CEO of LEAD San Diego since August 2010, Carlson had served on the LEAD board since 2004 and served in several capacities before taking on the CEO role.

Carlson came to LEAD with nearly two decades of business experience, most recently as President and Owner of Office Pavilion San Diego, a Herman Miller furniture dealership.

Her career started in Denver, CO after graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After starting out as a receptionist in a furniture dealership, she used that experience to work her way up to owning her own company.

Carlson has received the WMBE Supplier of the Year Award (Class III) from the Greater San Diego Business Development Council, the Athena Pinnacle Award, and the San Diego Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" Award. In 2005, she completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program at Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Carlson currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary for the San Diego Film Foundation. She has also served on the boards of Voices for Children The California Women’s Conference, serving at the pleasure of First Lady Maria Shriver. She is active on many other local committees and boards.

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Sherrie-Lyn M. Thompson

Executive Vice President

Sherrie-Lyn Mahealani V. Thompson is LEAD’s Executive Vice President. She plans and directs financial, programmatic, administrative and operational activities for the organization's President & CEO.

Prior to joining the team at LEAD San Diego, Sherrie-Lyn was Education Program Officer and later Chief of Staff at San Diego Dialogue at UC San Diego, a regional public affairs program that advances solutions to the San Diego and Baja California cross-border region's challenges in economy, environment and equity with the goal of improving our region's quality of life through cross-border development, smart growth and school reform.

Sherrie-Lyn has a broad understanding of regional, state, and national public policy issues, including K-12 education, urban growth, cross-border, diversity, law and social justice. Sherrie-Lyn is skilled at tracking industry trends, implementing innovative ideas, organizational management and producing special events related to programs and their development. Among her accomplishments, Sherrie-Lyn co-established and maintained a portfolio of highly respected strategic partnerships with civic, business, and philanthropic organizations, as well as major universities, to execute programs and achieve mutual strategic objectives.

Sherrie-Lyn held an internship position at the National Council of Negro Women in Washington D.C., was President of the Political Science Honor Society, taught State and Local Government & Politics at the University of Akron, organized workshops and tutorials on improving student performance in Political Science courses, and worked probation for San Diego’s Juvenile Hall facility. She served on several short-term projects & taskforces for the benefit of nonprofit organizations as well as civic & community based initiatives. Sherrie-Lyn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Legal Studies from UC Irvine. She received her Master of Arts in Political Science.

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Kim Nguyen

Program Manager

Kim is a native San Diegan with a degree in political science from San Diego State University. Prior to joining LEAD, she worked as a council representative for Councilmember Toni Atkins, and as a council representative and policy advisor for Councilmember Marti Emerald.

During her time with the San Diego City Council, Kim represented council members in City Heights, Hillcrest, Rolando Park, Redwood Village, Rolando and many others. As a policy advisor, she worked on legislation regarding the environment, redevelopment, medical marijuana/Proposition 215 and energy.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with family, friends, volunteering with STAR/PAL, a local nonprofit which partners law enforcement with at-risk youth as mentors to keep them off the streets of our inner cities and help them maintain positive lifestyles, and volunteering with the San Diego Police Department’s Mid City Division’s monthly curfew sweeps.

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Carole Ravago

Marketing & Alumni Relations Manager

As marketing and alumni relations manager, Carole manages alumni relations, marketing and communications for the organization, including strategy, branding, messaging, web and social media management, collateral development and production, media relations, advertising, speech writing and the speakers' bureau. She was hired by LEAD in February 2012.

Prior to joining LEAD, Carole served in management roles with Pro Kids: The First Tee of San Diego, San Diego Business Journal, Mingei International Museum and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

A long-time resident of San Diego, Carole is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. She enjoys art, music and exploring our region’s wine and culinary scene, particularly in Baja California.